Leading News Archives June 2019

June 28, 2019
In today’s Leading News, tech changes are anticipated in Elgin-based School District U-46. Decatur SD 61 will undertake new programs aimed at fulfilling its strategic plan. Quincy SD 172 sizes up the summer work on new school facilities. Princeton ESD 115 offers a second chance at its community survey. Also in the news, the new CPS Board of Education meets for the first time.

No cellphones in classrooms,
new Chromebooks
among changes at U-46 schools this fall
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 13

Decatur Public Schools leaders approve new programs
for coming school year
Analisa Trofimuk, Decatur Herald and Review, June 25

New QPS schools "in good shape"
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, June 26

PES sends second mailing of community survey
District is 80 surveys short of 400-response goal
Dave Cook, Bureau County Republican, June 25

New Board of Education opens discussion
in marathon 1st meeting, still passes CPS agenda
Mitchell Armentrout, Chicago Sun-Times, June 26


June 27, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Yorkville CUSD 115 discusses bus stop arm violations with its community. Lake County police look into use of reportedly excessive physical restraint at a special education school. Forest Park SD 91 seeks a federal mediator for its contract negotiations, while THSD 214 (Arlington Heights) and its teachers approve a five-year contract. Also in the news, Ottawa ESD 141’s Shepherd Middle School gets summer updates including some gently-used furniture.

YSD 115 officials plan more talks on bus stop arm violations
Katie Finlon, Kendall County Now, June 26

Lake County sheriff investigating allegations
of ‘excessive’ physical restraint by staff
at special ed school in Gages Lake
Frank S. Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, June 21

Federal mediator called in for D91 contract negotiations
Nona Tepper, Forest Park Review, June 18

District 214 approves new five-year deal with teachers
Christopher Placek, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 18

Ottawa Shepherd School to get new furniture this summer
Brent Bader, Ottawa Times, June 23

June 26, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Rockford SD 205 approves its budget for the upcoming year. ISBE releases the second results from the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS), and districts are responding. Also in the news, Mattoon CUSD 2 teacher Angela McQueen is awarded the Carnegie Medal by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, for her efforts to stop a school shooter.

Rockford Public Schools adopts $490 million budget
Corina Curry, Rockford Register Star, June 1

State education board releases varied snapshot
of kindergarten readiness
Scott Hilyard, Peoria Journal Star, June  25

Second kindergarten-readiness report
finds similar ratio of kids unprepared
Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, June 25

A lot of kids still aren't ready for kindergarten:
What suburban districts are doing about it
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 26

Hero teacher during Mattoon High School shooting
awarded internationally given medal
Jarad Jarmon, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, June 25



June 25, 2019
In today’s Leading News, more funding will be needed for the evidence-based funding model to reach the target adequacy goal by 2027. Kaneland Unit School District 302 continues contract negotiations as a federal mediator steps in. Mundelein High School and Elementary Districts are set to begin sharing administrative staffChicago Public Schools are considering blocking companies from receiving work that have been barred from City Hall business. The Quincy school district is giving more independence to schools to tailor their individual programs and improvement plans.

State needs to double down to move school funding needle
Corina Curry, Rockford Register-Star, June 22

Kaneland teachers rallying days before contract is set to expire
Christopher Placek, Daily Herald, Chicago Suburbs, June 22

Mundelein school districts finalizing details of staff-sharing deal
Russell Lissau, Daily Herald, Chicago Suburbs, June 24

CPS considers automatic ban on school deals
for businesses barred from getting city contracts

Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, June 24

New QPS committee reviews school improvement plans
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, June 21


June 24, 2019
In today’s Leading News, new mandates follow additional school funding from the state. A summer program in Chicago will assist 400 students most likely to be impacted by gun violence. One school district has to borrow from working cash funds as it awaits property tax dollars. North Shore District 112 crafts draft budget that calls for 3 percent raises and facility updates. Finally in the news, Niles Township High School District 219 will receive nearly $3 million in unexpected property tax revenue.

More money, mandates for Illinois public schools
Peter Hancock, Kane County Chronicle, June 20

Lightfoot unveils $1.4M summer program for
400 high school students most vulnerable to violence

Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times, June 19

M-R schools borrow from working cash funds
Robert Connelly, The Register-Mail, Galesburg, June 19

Amid teacher talks, District 112 pencils in 3% raises in next year's budget

Karen Berkowitz, Pioneer Press/Highland Park News, June 17

District 219 incorporates unexpected revenue into budget
Phil Rockrohr, Pioneer Press/Skokie Review, June 17

June 20, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Lyons Township High District 204 takes issue with the amount of fees owed to its treasurer’s office. Seven Illinois school districts will receive grants from the State Board of Education to promote teacher preparation and retention. West Chicago District 94 plans to review their policy for memorials on school grounds. Naperville District 203 officials are taking action to improve cultural sensitivity, inclusion, and equity. Finally in the news, Quincy High School will introduce an open learning center where students can take courses online.


Lyons Township High School officials balk at more school treasurer fees
Jesse Wright, The Doings/Pioneer Press, LaGrange, June 18

7 school districts get grants to prepare, retain teachers
AP, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, June 19

West Chicago District 94 to reconsider memorial policy
after tree honoring graduate was removed

Bob Smith, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 19

District 203 plans measures to improve cultural sensitivity and equity
Marie Wilson, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 14

QHS adds open learning center
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, June 10

June 19, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Plainfield District 202 students will be able to checkout refurbished laptops for short times. A program at the Urbana school district hopes to make the transition to middle school as comfortable as possible. Peoria schools are focusing on vocational programs and career pathways for students. As more schools embrace dual-credit courses, more students are graduating with associate’s degrees. Finally in the news, more than 40 percent of girls attending Chicago high schools show some sign of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Plainfield District 202 students can soon rent refurbished laptops
Alex Ortiz, The Herald-News, June 18

Urbana program helping students learn to master middle school

Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, June 18

Schools turn attention to vocational ed

Scott Hilyard, Journal Star/The Telegraph, June 18

At Cerro Gordo High School, dual credit program
lets students graduate with associate's degrees

Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, June 15

40% of girls at some CPS schools show signs of PTSD.
This program is helping them heal.

Manny Ramos, Chicago Sun-Times, June 17


June 18, 2019
In today’s Leading News, The Daily Herald visits with new State Superintendent of Schools Carmen Ayala. United CUSD 304 (Monmouth) reports on its budget. Forest Park SD 91 discusses air-quality issues and reporting. McHenry County ROE works to address audit findings. Also in the news, national attention on vaccination requirements includes New York’s recent change to its allowed exemptions.

Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 17

Sheila Pressley, Monmouth Daily Review Atlas, June 14

Nona Tepper, Forest Park Review, June 14

Drew Zimmerman, Northwest Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 15

AP/The Lincoln Courier, June 13


June 17, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Decatur SD 61 involves its community in talks about becoming a “destination district.” Lincoln-Way CHSD 210 works its way off the state’s financial watchlist. CPS and its teachers open contract negotiations, while Rockridge CUSD 300 in Taylor Ridge approves its new contract. Also in the news, the Sun-Times looks at the “winners” in the state budget according to a recent Moody’s Investors report.

Analisa Trofimuk, Decatur Herald and Review, June 13

Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, June 11

Hannah Leone, Chicago Tribune, June 13

Cathy Decker, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, June 1

Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times, June 13


June 14, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Richmond-Burton CHSD 157 plans for contract talks. A St. Charles CUSD 303 middle school building closes, what’s next? Workers for a firm contacted by South Holland SD 151 sue for wage theft. Washington CHSD 308 plans security and communications updates. Also in the news, what happens when student internet access is insufficient?

Northwest Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 13

Lauren Rohr, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 10

Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, June 12

Steve Stein, Journal Star, Peoria, June 10

Associated Press, The Courier, Lincoln, June 9


June 13, 2019
In today’s Leading News, ISBE issues resources for the expansion of transportation offerings for students whose route to school is through unsafe neighborhoods. Champaign USD 4 defines a policy for use of district-issued credit cards. Among the items discussed in Galesburg SD 205: funding for a therapy dog, a poodle named Frankie. Streator THSD 40 hears complaints from graduation latecomers. Also in the news, WBEZ follows the cursive requirement, one year after its implementation.

WTVO, Rockford, June 12

Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, June 11

Matt Koester, The Register-Mail, Galesburg, June 11

Derek Barichello, Ottawa Times, May 29

Susie An, WBEZ, Chicago, June 10


June 12, 2019
In today’s Leading News, the Tribune looks at the next big idea coming out of the Capitol. Morton CUSD 709 springs for a new scoreboard for the fall. Homemade treats are on the way out at Evanston/Skokie SD 65. Park Ridge-Niles SD 64 seeks security upgrades and additions to its buildings, with zoning reviews ongoing. Turning to sports, the IHSA has announced a change to the format of the state boys’ and girls’ basketball championship weekends, starting in 2021.

Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune, June 6

Steve Stein, Journal Star, Peoria, June 11

Jan Smith, Evanston Now, June 11

Anne Lunde, Journal and Topics, Chicago suburbs, June 8

Todd Eschman, Belleville News-Democrat, June 11


June 11, 2019
In today’s Leading News, the Daily Herald looks at the expanded e-learning flexibility, aka the “snow day” part of the legislation. Champaign CUSD 4 discusses its ability to hire local woman-and minority-owned businesses. A CPS school cracks down on flash mobs as “the situation ‘is becoming more disruptive than fun.’” Also in the news, tech talk: Danville CCSD 118 challenges students to turn off tech this summer, and a national story offers a few reasons why.

Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 10

Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, June 8

Mitchell Armentrout, Chicago Sun-Times, June 6

Noelle McGee, The News-Gazette, Champaign, June 4

Carolyn Thompson, AP/Decatur Herald and Review, June 7


June 10, 2019
In today’s Leading News, contracts are approved for teachers in CHSD 230 (Orland Park) and paraprofessionals in Bloomington SD 87. DeKalb CUSD 428 seeks an additional school resource officer. Programs throughout the state offer summer meals to kids. Also in the news, who is raising money for playground builds and fixes in Champaign CUSD 4?

Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, June 7

Lenore Sobota, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, May 30

Kelsey Rettkee, Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, June 4

Jean Ann Miller, The Courier, Lincoln, June 4

Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, June 10


June 7, 2019
In today’s Leading News, school districts plan distinct solutions for pending issues in transportationlocker room facilitiesathletic facilitiessecurity, and technology.

District 219 spends $5.4 million on former Menards store
that will be used as bus terminal
Phil Rockrohr, Pioneer Press/Skokie Review, June 6

Teutopolis School Board Seeks Design
of Restroom/Locker Room Facilities at THS
Greg Sapp, WXEF, Effingham, June 3

Dist. 117 approves new $22 million field house for Lakes
Doug T. Graham, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 3

$1.3M in bids approved by Glenbrook District 225 board
to install electronic door locks at high schools
Alexandra Kukulka, Pioneer Press/Glenbrook News, May 31

Students help solve school district tech issues
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, May 25


June 6, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Champaign CUSD 4 looks at higher-than-expected costs for building projects. The Riverside-Brookfield THSD 208 school board considers adding non-voting student members. DeKalb CUSD 428 sees an increase in the number of students qualifying for special education services. HB 3350, defining “consent” in school sex education courses, passed the General Assembly. Also in the news, The Journal-Star reports on the emphasis on vocational education in Peoria Public Schools.

Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, June 4

Bob Skolnik, Riverside-Brookfield Landmark, June 4

Kelsey Rettke, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, June 6

Cassie Buchman, State Journal-Register, Springfield, May 30

Scott Hilyard, Peoria Journal Star, June 1


June 5, 2019
In today’s Eluding News, Bureau Valley approves an ag ed upgrade, a livestock handling lab, with help from fundraising efforts. Recalling and reprinting yearbooks stays in the headlines. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot appoints members of the CPS Board of Education. Also in the news, The Tribune looks at “under-the-radar” issues that were determined in the legislative session.

Goldie Rapp, Bureau County Republican, May 31

Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, May 30

Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, May 3

Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times, June 3

Dan Petrella and Jamie Munks, Chicago Tribune, June 3


June 4, 2019
In today’s Leading News, a federal mediator will be part of ongoing negotiations between Kaneland CUSD 302 (Maple Park) and its teachers. School districts sign food service vendors. Hononegah CHSD 207 makes a claim regarding floor repairs to its storm-damaged fieldhouse. IASB Vice President Thomas Neeley will take a different chair for his 30th year on the Morton CUSD 309 Board of Education. Also in the news, time for civics: A Carlinville CUSD 1 student project makes it through the Senate committee for state government.

Federal mediator joining talks
between Kaneland 302 school board, teachers union
Doug T. Graham, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, May 28

Urbana, Mahomet-Seymour districts sign deals
with new food-service provider
Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, June 1

Hononegah To File Lawsuit Related to Old Fieldhouse
Beloit (Wisconsin) Daily News, May 30

12th term as Morton School Board president? Not this year
Steve Stein, Peoria Journal Star, June 2

CHS civics project-turned-house bill passes Senate committee
Jordan Grucza, Enquirer Democrat, Carinville, May 31

June 3, 2019
In today’s Leading News, among the bills that passed the General Assembly in its now-adjourned spring session was House Bill 2078, the minimum salary for teachers. School districts cope with school bus incidents that raised alarm in their communities. Also in the news, Danville CCSD 118 seeks funding for all-day pre-K.

Overtime session produces Illinois budget, construction, taxes
John O’Connor, AP/Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 1

$40K minimum teachers’ salary approved by legislature
Cassie Buchman, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 1

Illinois school bus driver plows through floodwaters with kids on board
Kaitlyn Alanis, Belleville News-Democrat, May 30

Stark County Board chairman suspended as bus driver
after ‘screaming bucket’ incident
Gary L. Smith, Peoria Journal Star, May 31

Danville district applying for grant to offer all-day pre-kindergarten
Noelle McGee, News-Gazette, Champaign, May 30




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